Close Your Eyes And Imagine...

... you're on the beach, the warm sand between your toes, the sound of crashing waves filling the air. The sun is starting to set, casting a golden glow over everything. You look around at your family, all dressed in outfits that look like you've stepped straight out of a magazine cover. It's seriously a picture-perfect moment! You feel relaxed and ready for a fun photo session at the beach.

Since San Diego has some of California's most gorgeous beaches (and I photograph families at almost all of them), I decided to put together some "beach-specific" styling tips for you.

From choosing the right colors to ensuring everyone feels comfortable and ready to play, we've got you covered. Check out my photo tips below for a successful beach session and let's get ready to make some memories that will last a lifetime!

A family with two parents and two children smiling and embracing on a sunny beach at golden hour.


Opt for Soft, Neutral Tones


When it comes to beach sessions, soft and neutral tones like creams, soft tans, blush pinks, and muted blues complement the natural beauty of the coastline creating a timeless aesthetic for your photos. Pro tip: Mix different tones that are only slightly different. For example: cream tones pair well with ivory and white.

Woman in a flowing dress standing on sand dunes at sunset.

Choose Lightweight, Flowy Fabrics

Choose lightweight, flowy fabrics like chiffon, linen, or cotton that catch the ocean breeze and create beautiful movement in your photos. Pro tip: Flowy dresses and skirts add an ethereal, romantic feel to your beach session, perfect for capturing dreamy seaside moments.

A family walking on the beach at sunset.


Layer Intentionally


Because the weather at your beach session can change quickly,  it's a good idea to layer up for comfort and versatility. Bring along lightweight layers like cardigans, denim jackets, or shawls to add warmth during cooler beach evenings or to protect against the sea breeze. Pro tip: Opt for breathable, sheer fabrics that won't weigh you down or feel too bulky in the ocean breeze.

Family enjoying a moment together on a beach at sunset.


Beach-friendly or Barefoot


Your feet will absolutely be in the images you have to be intentional when choosing your family's shoes for your session. Ditch the heels and dress shoes and opt for beach-friendly options like sandals, slip-ons, or my favorite, barefoot. Pro tip: Consider bringing along a pair of cute flip-flops for little ones to protect their feet after the session.

Some styling ideas for the whole fam




When In Doubt, Just Reach Out

It is my job to make sure you look and feel your best for your photo session, so if you find yourself stuck, just shoot me a quick message. I am happy to help you put everything together.

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Welcome to my happy place!

I'm Tiffany, a San Diego & Ventura County-based family, maternity, & motherhood photographer, capturing moments drenched in golden sunlight. Consider me your guide for capturing the magic of your family's love.

With a passion driven by being a mom myself, I specialize in candid connections & genuine laughter. As a storyteller, I thrive on capturing your beachside giggles or sun-kissed adventures.

Ready to plan your adventure?